The Strategic Chain: China, India, Pakistan, and the United States
Center on Contemporary Conflict
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Objective: This project will examine the strategic linkages among Pakistan, India, China, and the United States. This chain represents a series of relationships that possess the most active nuclear weapon, missile, and missile defense programs in the world. Pakistan looks to India as its principal threat, and India bases its threat perceptions off both Pakistan and China. China, meanwhile, looks to the United States and India. Foremost, the project seeks to identify policies and measures that could promote strategic stability and reduce incentives for arms buildups within the wider strategic chain. The research will also seek to promote a better understanding of the diverse strategic interconnections among these four nuclear powers and examine to what extent this chain represents an obstacle to strategic restraint.
Performer: The Brookings Institution Project Lead: Robert Einhorn Project Cost: $200,000 FY15-16
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